HELP International
90% Rating
(10 Reviews)

HELP International

The Mission of HELP International is to empower people to fight global poverty through sustainable, life-changing development programs. Several Brigham Young University faculty and students founded HELP International in 1999, as H.E.L.P. Honduras. The initial group of 46 volunteers raised over $115,000 and spent four months volunteering in Honduras conducting humanitarian aid work and administering microcredit loans to those in need.

Since then, HELP has grown to be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving in various projects including earthquake relief, microfinance impact assessment, family gardening, adobe stoves, libraries, business training and teaching English as a second language. HELP currently serves in El Salvador, India, Uganda, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, Belize and Fiji. HELP has grown and changed through the years but continues to focus on facilitating poverty elimination worldwide.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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krkthompson
Male
32 years old
Rexburg, Idaho
Other

BEST EXPERIENCE EVER

10/10

I loved every minute of my time in Uganda. HELP International was a great program to go with and they were very easy to work with and to help. I am a Health Science major and so I worked mostly with health related projects over in Uganda. I personally planned and implemented an Eye and Dental camp where I met with local doctors and together we put on a free clinic for the people of Uganda to come and receive care for their eyes and teeth. Care that they would have otherwise been unable to afford. We saw over 400 people and all were treated successfully. We also had a local hospital and eye surgery center present to schedule those patients who required surgeries to be able to make an appointment to do so. While there I was also able to help volunteer at various clinics and help test and treat for various diseases. I spent 4 months in Uganda from May 2011 to August of 2011. I loved every minute of it and I grew so much as a person. My knowledge greatly increased also.

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leesiemac
Female
24 years old
Provo, UT
Brigham Young University- Hawaii

Help International

9/10

The way Help International works, is that you go into a country, take a needs analysis, and then create a project based on the needs of the community as well as your personal skills and interests. Self-motivation is a really important aspect of Help International. You're not going to be told what you need to work on every day- YOU are in charge, and need to have the ability to plan, organize, and problem solve the entire time you are there. The trip is only going to be worth it if you are willing to work hard. I pushed myself to give 100% to my experience, and it was probably the most rewarding and significant 6 weeks of my life. I highly recommend it to all those who want to make a difference!

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Janelle
Female
32 years old
Portland, Oregon
Brigham Young University- Hawaii

It was a volunteer experience that benefited me.

8/10

Since I traveled to Guatemala with HELP International in 2006, they've discontinued travel to there (I'm assuming) based on safety issues. However, despite the problems we encountered with safety while we were there, my time in Guatemala continues to be an amazing experience that I draw frequently from. I have been able to talk and connect with so many, here in the states, because we had that link.
While I was down there we had freedom to work on whatever projects we wanted - whatever we felt was worthwhile for us. If a project idea surfaced, we were able to submit it to HELP for approval and arrange funding if needed. I was able to teach English as a local Salvation Army elementary school twice a week, work in an orphanage or miscellaneous type project twice a week (sometimes it was traveling to villages to teach hygiene classes, deliver hygiene kits, teach square ft. gardening or other money-making skills, or helping teach and build Lorena stoves ), and then Fridays the whole team often got together for a manual labor day. On those days we often worked on building houses (I can think of 4 different houses we built in a 6 week period). We often traveled as a group on the weekends to tour the country. The hours were often early, but never seemed long; and the work was just hard enough to be proud of your finished product. It was a wonderful way to spend my summer! The places I had the chance to see and people I met continue to stay with me - it was a great experience!

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Pondjumper711
Male
32 years old
Logan, UT
University of Hawaii- Manoa

Lugazi, Uganda

10/10

I spent three months in Uganda with HELP International in the summer of 2010. I was very pleased by the quality of the program, especially the care that staff and board members have for the work. These are genuine idealists with real cares about people stuck living in poverty. I felt safe and comfortable while in country which allowed me to focus on projects I worked on. I would recommend this program to anyone, whether they are new to development work, or a seasoned veteran.

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allenm7
Female
24 years old
Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University- Hawaii

HELP El Salvador

9/10

I went to El Salvador with HELP International summer 2011. It was amazing! We were totally submersed in the culture, we all improved our Spanish skills. The people were wonderful and ready to start projects. The great thing about HELP is that it's so versatile. We had recent graduates and students in nursing, business, public health, teaching, music, political science, Arabic and more. We planned, completed, and evaluated projects in many of these areas. This makes a great and unique internship. It also is a great opportunity to be involved in a leadership position. The team members are actively involved in the program planning process as well. The HELP code of conduct also provides for a great experience. There's plenty of sight-seeing to do on the weekends too!

Program Listings

Uganda

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Join HELP International on a volunteer project in Uganda. The "Pearl of Africa" as it is known, the people of Uganda need vol...

El Salvador

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Join HELP International on a volunteer project in El Salvador. Participants can either join as volunteers or international de...

Thailand

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HELP International is looking for volunteers to join them in the Chang Rai region of Thailand. HELP International operated in...